CHENNAI: East Coast Road (ECR) may soon turn into ACR (Adventure Coast Road) with the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation planning to set up an adventure tourism complex at Mamallapuram.
The Corporation has already introduced adventure sports like parasailing, water scooter and wave runner in two of its boat houses at Muttukadu and Mudaliarkuppam situated along the ECR, in the last few years.
Briefing newsmen after flagging off two water scooters and waver runner at the Muttukadu Boat House on Monday, Dr A Chittaranjan Mohandoss, Director of Tourism and Managing Director of TTDC, said the proposal at Mamallapuram is part and parcel of making Tamil Nadu - a destination for adventure tourism in India.
He said, “The facility has been planned at TTDC’s Beach Resort Complex in the coastal town, which would get shape in two months from now. It would be offering several adventure sports alike other spots, where the sport is presently available.”
He said, adventure sports are gaining momentum in the State. “After we introduced water scooters, it had made 603 trips in 40 days, generating a revenue of Rs 2.75 lakh. Besides, about 10 boat houses run by TTDC located in various parts of Tamil Nadu have earned revenue to the tune of Rs 7 crore in the last fiscal year,” he noted. The two water scooters introduced at Muttukadu have been purchased at a cost of Rs 13.50 lakh.
Earlier, Chittaranjan Mohandoss also opened a multi cuisine restaurant at Muttukadu Boat House, created under Private Public Partnership model. This is the first such eatery set up by private entrepreneurs in a TTDC boat house. The restaurant caters varieties of Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes.